World Boxing Championship 2018
Mary Kom created history by winning her sixth world championship gold at the 10th World Women’s Boxing Championships, held in New Delhi, India.
Speaking on her after historic win, Mary Kom said that it is very special as she was under pressure, especially because of the change in her weight category. “I won my last Worlds gold in 2010 and then the change of weight for Olympics happened. The pressure was something I always felt but don’t know how to put this gold alongside the earlier five,” she answered.
However, Mary distinctly remembered that she had earlier won five straight gold medals at the World Boxing Championship, a feat that hasn’t been accomplished by any women boxer before.
• Mary Kom won the sole gold for India by beating Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota in a unanimous 5-0 verdict in the 48kg category summit bout.
• The final results read 30-27, 29-28, 29-28, 30-27, 30-27 in favor of Kom. She had beaten Okhota previously this year during a tournament held in Poland.
• Another Indian boxer, Sonia Chahal claimed the silver medal in the 57kg bout, after she lost to Wahner Ornella Gabriele of Germany in the finals.
• Besides, two bronze medals were won by Lovlina Borgohain and Simranjit Kaur, after they lost their semi-finals bouts in 69kg and 64kg weight categories respectively.
• Overall, India ended the championships with 1 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze.
• India’s best-ever performance was in the 2006 championship that was held in Delhi, when it had won eight medals, including four gold.
Recalling her participation in the New Delhi event held in 2006, Mary Kom said that at that time, boxers from fewer countries had participated and the sport was not even included in the Olympics. She said that though they won eight medals then, which included four gold medals, the competition is tougher nowadays and considering that fact, their current result, comprising one gold, one silver and two bronze medals, was great.